Rachel graduated from the University of Sussex in 1982 with a First Class BA Honours in Social Psychology. She worked as a Residential Social Worker in specialist schools before training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, qualifying in 1996. She is a Full Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
Rachel worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) from 1991-2018. Since June 2018 she has been employed to set up the Parent-Infant service within the Specialist Community Perinatal Service in Bristol. She has extensive experience of working therapeutically with infants, children and adolescents, and their families, with emotional and mental health problems. Rachel has particular expertise in working with attachment difficulties and the impact of trauma such as neglect or abuse.
Rachel qualified in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) in 2016, pioneering the use of VIG in Bristol CAMHS. She campaigned to promote VIG in Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust, accrediting as a VIG Supervisor in 2017, training practitioners working in CAMHS infant mental health. In 2018, Rachel won a contract to train 8 clinicians in Aneurin Bevan NHS Trust. Rachel also supervises individual VIG trainees in the NHS and private practice, and is taking VIG to the Bristol perinatal service, and will be training members of the team.
Since qualifying as a Child Psychotherapist, Rachel has supervised clinicians working in a range of contexts both within and outside the NHS. She provides consultation and training to professionals in Health, Social Care, Early Years and schools. Since 2000, Rachel has taught and supervised students on the Tavistock Clinic/University of Essex postgraduate programme.
Rachel is Director of EarlyYES Limited, set up in 2016 to deliver training, consultation, clinical supervision and therapeutic work.